Medication-assisted treatment is a recent innovation in the addiction treatment industry. It is primarily used for addiction to opiates (e.g. heroin, prescription painkillers, etc.) because most of the medications are opiate replacements. There are addiction experts, recovering addicts, and the general population who oppose medication-assisted treatment. Their main argument for opposition is that is not true recovery because it is replacing one opiate for another. However, many people have found recovery with the help of medication-assisted treatment.
Pennsylvania detox and rehab centers use a variety of methods to treat the physiological and psychological components of addiction. Suboxone is a common drug that is used in medication-assisted treatment programs. Some Pennsylvania detox and rehab centers use suboxone; some may use different drugs in their medication-assisted treatment program; and some may not have a medication-assisted treatment program at all. Whether or not a Pennsylvania detox or rehab centers uses suboxone is not indicative of the quality of their program. Just like other businesses, not all Pennsylvania recovery centers offer the same services. An analogy is different stores sell different items. Whether or not a store sells your desired item is not indicative of them being a good or bad store.
How Medication-Assisted Treatment Works and Why it Should Not Be Stigmatized
The medications in medication-assisted treatment work by taking care of the physiological component of addiction. Many of these medications attach to the same opioid receptors as the opiate drugs, suppressing withdrawal. Many of these drugs do not provide the psychological high; therefore, there is little to no risk for abuse. People who are on medication-assisted treatment are able to live a functioning life while working on the psychological component of their addiction. Once they have developed enough tools to live life sober, they are ready to tackle the physiological component of their addiction.
Contrary to popular belief, medication-assisted treatment is not merely replacing one opiate for another; it is treating a chemical imbalance. Once people become addicted to a substance, their bodies’ new homeostasis becomes having that drug in their system. If their body does not receive the drug, they go through withdrawal as a result of the disruption in the biochemical balance. There is no stigma attached to people who suffer from depression and take serotonin replacement drugs, and there is no stigma attached to people who have hormone disorders and need to take hormone replacement therapy. Addiction is a disease like another mental or physical disease, but it has a stigma attached to it because it involves illicit substance use and other crime in many cases. Since addiction has a stigma attached to it and involves drug use, using drugs to treat addiction has a stigma to it.
Many people have achieved lifelong recovery without the use of medication, but the number of people who have done so throughout history is low in proportion to everyone who has suffered from addiction. The idea should not be that medication-assisted treatment is about treating drugs with more drugs because drugs are not the source of people’s addiction; it is people emotional distress in combination with their genetics. Depression and anxiety were once carried the same stigma as addiction, but once society experienced the “Prozac Moment,” the stigma ceased. Medication-assisted treatment may have already taken society to their “Prozac Moment” with addiction or has put it on the brink of it, but society is blinded by the stigma. There are many paths to one destination, and those in the addiction and recovery world and the general population need to understand that concept to understand medication-assisted treatment.
What is Suboxone? How Much Does it Cost?
Suboxone is a prescription medication that is used in medication-assisted treatment for opiate addiction. Its active ingredients are buprenorphine and naloxone. Buprenorphine is a partial agonist, which means it partially fits the opioid receptor and mimics the effects of the opiate drug (e.g. heroin, prescription painkillers, etc.) to suppress withdrawal while the patients are being treated for the psychological component of their addiction. Naloxone prevents the user from feeling the psychological effects of buprenorphine (e.g. euphoria, relaxation, forgetfulness, etc.) to prevent abuse and psychological addiction. Suboxone can be taken orally or by a film that is similar to a nicotine patch.
The cost of suboxone consists of the price of tablets or film and doctor’s visits. (Note: These are estimated costs from research. Those interested in actual costs would need to contact a Suboxone doctor directly.)
• Three to four dollars per two milligram tablet.
• Six to eight dollars per eight milligram tablet.
• Total month cost for tablets can be between 180 to 270 dollars per month.
• Film costs around 150 dollars per month.
• First doctor’s visit can cost around 300 dollars.
• Following doctor’s visits can be between 100 to 200 dollars.
Some health insurance plans may cover part or all of the cost of suboxone. For those who do not have insurance that covers suboxone and cannot afford suboxone, there are assistance programs available.
A Rehab Center in Pennsylvania that is Worth Believing In
Just Believe Recovery Center is located at 100 Lincoln Avenue in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. They provide medical detox, residential treatment, partial-hospitalization, intensive-outpatient, and outpatient programs. In addition, they use medications to assist in recovery. Their treatment protocol consists of a personalized approach for each unique case. Their highly-trained staff takes a holistic approach to addiction treatment that consists of nutrition, group therapy, individual therapy, fitness, trauma therapy, chiropractic care, case management, meditation, and the Twelve Steps. They also understand that addiction is a family disease, so they provide a free program for family and friends to help them recover and understand the disease of addiction. Their Joint Commission National Quality Approval is a trademark of their excellence. They accept most major insurance plans and are now a Tricare Provider. If you or your loved one are interested in Just Believe Recovery Center or have general questions about addiction, recovery, and/or medication-assisted treatment, call them today at 888-380-0342